Menomonee Falls Native Witnessed Explosions
Finished the marathon minutes before twin blasts
BOSTON -- David Pollard's second Boston Marathon will undoubtedly be his most memorable. Less than five minutes after he crossed the finish the line, the Chicago resident who grew up in Menomonee Falls, heard two thunderous explosions. He spoke with CBS 58's Mike Strehlow a few hours after the terrifying experience about what he saw, heard, and how he and other runners reacted to the sudden and tragic events at the finish line.
David: "Everybody was around us and we stopped and paused for a second. I think we were trying to figure out what the heck was going on. And then people quickly turned, and it was starting to get a little bit chaotic, and people started to run in the other direction. And this was probably about a block away so we were pretty close by at the time."
Mike Strehlow: "What did you do?"
David: "My immediate reaction, and I think everybody that was around me, the hundred or so people around me, everybody turned and nobody said anything for about 5 seconds or so. And then a second noise, a second explosion happened, and that moment there was quiet but it quickly changed and people immediately turned and started going in the opposite direction. I think the thing that was going through my mind, I mean I just finished the race. I started running for sure cause I just wanted to get out of the immediate area. I couldn't help but think in the back of my mind I hope that there is not another incident just up the road where I have no choice but to go. I got my bag, my gear bag that had my phone in it and started calling every other member of my family that was here, including my sister who had also run the race and finished, and just hooked up with them as quickly as possible.
Mike Strehlow: "What are you thoughts about competing in the future.?"
David: "I don't think, you know, it's really sad and really scary, but I don't think it necessarily is going to deter me. I've run a lot of these and I'm still going to do it. I think I'm not going to live my life that way so."
At that moment, police told Pollard and his family members to leave a restaurant where they were having dinner.
David: "They just kicked us out of the restaurant. So that's kind of the environment right now so, there's a lot of bomb squad stuff coming around, they're kind of worried about other locations."
Mike Strehlow: "So you're being evacuated from a restaurant as we speak?"
David: "Uhh yes....apparently we're being evacuated from the restaurant right now."